September 2023

Sport Coaching BSc (Hons)

Undergraduate, Honours Degree, September 2023

Key Details

  • C610 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff

The BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching degree at Newman is an opportunity for you to pursue a career across different coaching and teaching settings. The degree will allow you to develop your coaching skills by reflecting upon your practical experiences and apply knowledge of sports management or sport science.

The course is taught in dedicated facilities on one campus. The Human performance lab, indoor sports hall, strength and conditioning suite, aerobic conditioning suite, group exercise studio, full size outdoor 3G pitch, dedicated seminar rooms and staff offices can be found within a 100 metres radius of each other. A video tour of our facilities is available to view online.

We continue to accept applications for September 2023. Applications to join us in 2024 can be submitted on UCAS from this September.

  • This BSc Sport Coaching is important for students who are interested in coaching, personal training or teaching children in or out of a school setting.
  • The course aims to enhance your employability, specifically within the sport coaching, teaching and those seeking to pursue a career and/or further study in a performance coaching setting.
  • A work-related learning module.
  • Facilities such as the new on-campus 3G artificial grass pitch, sports hall and the Human Performance Laboratory.
  • You are provided with the option to undertake a research-based dissertation or a negotiated Work-Based Research Project.
  • You will also develop broad transferrable skills on the programme that previous students have found really useful in careers beyond sport.
  • Lecturers on this course are highly qualified and experienced, and regularly present at international conferences, collaborate internationally and publish research in top academic journals.

On the programme you will be assessed by a range of assessment methods including practical coaching, producing teaching resources and planning, producing digital content, poster presentations, group and individual presentations, e-portfolios, online assessment and problem-based learning tasks along more traditional methods.

Throughout your degree course, there is a strong focus on practical coaching skills. This involves practical coaching across first, second and third year of your degree (level 4, 5 and 6). Across the whole of your final two years, this practical content will involve you coaching and teaching local school children and coaching for performance.

During your first year of degree level study (at level 4), you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin the key areas of sport and physical activity, which are provision, participation, performance and coaching — from beginners to elite athletes.

During your second year of study, alongside the practical coaching module, and work-related learning module, you will be able to select two modules from either the sport and exercise science or sport management courses — depending on you find interesting and career aspirations. This will enable you to bring theory and practice skills together in new and interesting ways.

In your final year of study, alongside the core practical coaching pedagogy module and developing young people and athletes through sport module, you will once more have the option to select a module from either the sport and exercise science course or sport management course. Finally, you will undertake either an independent research project, or a negotiated work-based project.

This course specifically has been endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. The course has been mapped against the Professional Standards of Aspiring Manager and Working in the Community Environment. These standards are recognised by a growing list of potential employers across the sport and physical activity sector thus equipping our graduates with the skills needed for academic and vocational success both on and off the sports field.

Newman University is proud to be the first West Midlands partner of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) a professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA works with over 300 partners across the sport and physical activity sector, meaning students can be assured they are working with a university that is contributing, not only to teaching sport but, to developing the professional standards for the industry. We are currently working towards full accreditation of course, thus eventually our courses will be recognised by CIMSPA as equipping students with the skills that employers are looking for.

Hear Stefan Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Health, talk in more detail about Newman University’s partnership with CIMSPA.

The Sport and Health team at Newman University pride themselves on their ongoing involvement in sport, health and physical education research. Staff are actively contributing in the following four areas of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) —Physical Activity and Health, Sport Performance, Mental Skills Training and Sport in Society. The team regularly publishes their research in industry journals, and present at international sport, health and physical education conferences. Our ‘Meet The Sport Team’ page details the specific areas of research that the team have been, or currently are involved in.

As a student at Newman, you will be taught by research-active staff, who are actively contributing to the latest developments across a wide-range of disciplines within the sport and health industry and the physical education sector. Staff bring the latest knowledge and expertise to the classroom, laboratory and sports field, enhancing your learning experience. At Newman you get the benefit of our staff’s cutting-edge knowledge combined with a focus on your needs, in a student-centred University where you are our priority. Our staff expertise, and their links with external agencies will maximise your University experience and hopefully provide you with opportunities as you consider your career paths for the future.

We encourage our students to proactively explore research during their studies. As a science-based discipline, you will be conducting research throughout a range of modules under the supervision of expert staff.

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

Want to find out more about Birmingham? Then take a look at some Birmingham City Secrets.

Ask Us a Question

Clearing 2023

Call our Clearing hotline now to see if we can offer you a place to start this September. 

If on results day you wish to re-consider your choice and want to choose Newman University, you can apply to us over the phone (+44 121 476 1181) , on LiveChat or through Whatsapp.

You can also join us on Saturday 19th August for an Open Day to look around the facilities and talk with subject and support staff. No need to book, simply turn up.



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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

The University accepts appropriate T Levels as part of its usual entry requirements.

For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching with Foundation Year, which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.

International Students
The University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

September 2023 Direct Application Link 

September 2024 applications will go live in September.

Course Fees

The full-time course fee for September 2023 is £9,250 per year.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Optional cost of a Newman Sports branded T-shirt between approximately £25.00 and £55.00 – there is no requirement to purchase this.

Reduced CIMSPA Membership of £5 per year – there is no requirement to purchase this.

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 


These are indicative modules and actual modules will be confirmed once the course has gone through successful validation.

Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes of Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

  1. This module is focuses on exploring sport, exercise, physical activity and coaching. Introducing and developing the skills you need to be successful in Higher Education. The module will allow you the opportunity to reflect on your skills and development needs, as well as enhancing your knowledge and skills in this area. 

  2. This module offers students an opportunity to be introduced to contemporary and fundamental concepts within sport and exercise psychology. Students will consider the underpinnings of human psychology and how this influences participation and engagement in various physical activity contexts.
  3. This module will introduce students to a variety of sport organisations in the UK and how they operate in and across private, public and voluntary sectors to deliver different levels and kinds of sports provision. While gaining an understanding of how sport is developed, structured, governed and funded, students will also be introduced to the current sport policy context and to the dominant ideas underpinning current UK sports policy, namely ‘sport for all’. To this end, the module will also have a social justice focus and will examine how socio-cultural factors exclude certain groups from participating and/ or progressing in sport.
  4. This module aims to develop knowledge of anatomy and function of the musculo-skeletal system during movement. Students will also be introduced to biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of human movement, considering the role of analysis in sport and in movement. It will serve to widen the students' knowledge base and will provide a firm basis for working at a higher level in the discipline of sport and exercise biomechanics. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  5. This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work experience and the transition to employment or further study on graduation.  Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.
  6. This module will introduce key pedagogical theories and concepts related to Physical Education and sports coaching. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the role of Physical Education teachers and sports coaches. Throughout the module, there will be opportunities to apply theoretical constructs to practical situations.
  7. This module builds on the knowledge gained in Human Movement 1. Students will learn about the different physiological systems in the human body that work to produce and regulate human movement. Students will also develop vital laboratory skills to enable safe and effective administration and measurement of exercise and contributory factors. Finally the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of human health will also be considered. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  1. This module provides students with theoretical underpinning and practical experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods. It offers the opportunity for students to acquire the necessary skills to conduct independent research in sport, exercise, physical activity and coaching related topics at level 6.   

  2. This year-long module offers you the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for you with you. You will complete 100 hours in the work setting. You will then reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting. This module provides an opportunity for students wishing to attain National Professional recognition with the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) to complete an AMTLA project.  
  3. This module seeks to develop students’ working knowledge of the coaching process, for sport, physical education, and physical activity instruction to support the development of practitioner skills through demonstration, practical application, and delivery. This module explores the principles of sports coaching, the purpose and aims of physical education whilst considering the current challenges faced by sport and education practitioners. The module will explore a range of concepts and theoretical principles that underpin practice.  Students will participate in practical sessions which will provide peer / team teaching opportunities.
  4. This module will develop students’ understanding of the different ways sociological perspectives contribute to a critical understanding of sport and/ in society. Sociology is a discipline splintered by a number of different approaches and thus a critical assessment of sport may be conducted in numerous ways. Students will, therefore, be introduced to a number of different sociological and cultural perspectives and to how they might be used to explain sport and its role in contemporary society.
  5. This module aims to extend the students' knowledge and practical skills in the application of biomechanics to specific sport and exercise activities. The emphasis will be on the application of biomechanics in the assessment, evaluation and improvement of technique in a range of sports. Practical experiences will include the role of biomechanical kinetic and kinematic assessment in the analysis of sport and the application of hand and computerised notation systems to individual and team sports. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  6. This module offers students the opportunity to learn about the determinant of exercise performance and bodily responses to exercise and the implications for health and performance. Students will also learn how exercise metabolism allows for and limits exercise of different durations and intensities. This will lead into the exploration of how nutrition influences exercise metabolism and the implications for exercise performance. Students will also gain practical laboratory experience related to exercise performance, metabolism and nutrition. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  7. Sport development (SD) is a complex and contested term; its meaning is politically and geographically contingent. Students will, therefore, be introduced to a variety of political ideologies and to how they shape the contexts and meanings of sport development for SD professionals, policy actors and communities. Through this module’s critical exploration of the political contexts in which sport development and policy actors exist, and on completion of the module, students will be better placed to understand and analyse the politico-sporting climate of the UK and beyond. To this end, not only does this module enable students to improve their knowledge of the politics driving sport policy, it will encourage students to explore a range of political ideologies and their applications to SD and sports policy.
  8. This module aims to build on key physiological and biomechanical concepts that underpin physical development. The module will focus on critically exploring different exercise testing and prescription methods used in performance sport. The students will critically explore the development of aerobic/anaerobic capabilities, muscle strength, power, hypertrophy, speed, agility and their respective roles in sports performance. They will also learn how to monitor training and performance. Students will conduct a needs analyses aiming to identify factor to support successful sports performance and gain vital practical experience in assessing key capabilities and developing exercise regimens. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.  
  9. This module offers students an opportunity to explore some major personality and social-psychological constructs and theories that can be used to explain behaviour and performance in sport and exercise settings. Students will develop an understanding and critical awareness of how specific psychological principles can influence participation, well-being and performance in sport and exercise contexts.
  1. This module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project.  The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate research design and procedures, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles.  The research focus must be specific to their chosen degree.
  2. This module offers you the opportunity to build on your level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. You will agree with your placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the workplace. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.
  3. This module will further develop students’ knowledge and understanding of coaching pedagogy from a theoretical as well as a practical standpoint. This module will require the application of disciplines within coaching science to practical activities. This is intended to provide an opportunity to approach sport and practitioner problems from an interdisciplinary viewpoint and an opportunity to conduct and present a small scale applied project focusing on a specific sport.
  4. This module will require students – as a group - to conceive, plan, implement and evaluate a sports event. Responding to the needs of the sports, charity and/ or community sector, students will oversee all aspects of the sport event management process, allowing them to develop the practical, work-based competencies required for graduate level positions in the sports industry. The structure, function and operation of sports events in the United Kingdom will be critically analysed, enabling students to respond to the current UK sport development and policy context in innovative and enterprising ways. The module will include students being guided through the completion of relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols for their events.
  5. This module builds on key areas of sport and exercise biomechanics delivered at level 5. The emphasis is to provide a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of the major applied techniques used in the biomechanical analysis of sporting activity and how these maybe used to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury. Students will develop understanding of biomechanical assessment procedures, data analysis, interpretation and laboratory skills with particular emphasis on 3D motion analysis, advanced analysis of force using force platforms and the analysis of muscle activation using electromyography. In addition, the relationship between the biomechanist and coach will be explored. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  6. This module aims to build on key concepts in exercise training and monitoring from level 5. Students will explore the development of physiological capabilities but also the acute and chronic optimisation of these capabilities. The underpinning science behind preparation for and recovery from performance will be explored in traditional and contemporary contexts alongside introduction and evaluation of contemporary training methodologies. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
  7. This module takes a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to understanding how young people and athletes can be developed in and through sport and Physical Education. Incorporating concepts from sport pedagogy, psychology and talent development literatures, students will be encouraged to understand youth and athletic development from holistic point of view, and across the participation-performance spectrum.